Bill Winneshiek
No. 3, 8     
Center / Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: December 24, 1894
Place of birth: Winnebago County, Iowa
Date of death: September 15, 1949(1949-09-15) (aged 56)
Place of death: Wilmington, Delaware
Career information
College: Carlisle Indian
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Oorang Indians (1922)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Stats at
Stats at

William Phineus Winneshiek, also spelled Winneshick and referred to as NahiSonwahika (December 24, 1892 – September 15, 1949), was a professional football player who played in the National Football League during the 1922 season, at age 37. That season, he joined the NFL's Oorang Indians. The Indians were a team based in LaRue, Ohio, composed only of Native Americans, and coached by Jim Thorpe. Bill was a member of the Ho-Chunk or Winnebago tribe.[1]

He attended Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania where he befriended Jim Thorpe. In addition to playing with the NFL, Bill was an Assistant Football Coach at Lebanon Valley College , a professional musician in Chief Winneshiek's All Indian Band, and traveled to the Antarctic with Admiral Byrd. He later married Marie Marguerite Zerbe, an elementary school teacher. The two had a son, named William Sherwood Winneshiek, who would later fly 49 B-17 missions over Germany during World War II and culminating his military as Director of Communications at NORAD in Colorado Springs, CO.[2] They also had a daughter, Doris Winona Winneshiek who became a nurse and writer.[citation needed]

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External links[edit | edit source]

  • Whitman, Robert L. (1984). Jim Thorpe and the Oorang Indians: The N.F.L.'s Most Colorful Franchise. [Mount Gilead, OH]: Marion County Historical Society. OCLC 717439558.
  • Uniform Numbers of the NFL

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